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  • 12 Delicious Dips

    Make the ultimate appetizer for game day with these recipes for delicious dips.

    Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Dip
    Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Dip
    Spinach is a vitamin powerhouse. Cottage cheese subs for sour cream, making the dip high in protein and low in fat. Scoop it with whole-grain baguette toasts.
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  • Quick Chinese New Year Recipes

    Gung hay fat choy! Celebrate with these flavorful and easy dishes, all ready in 30 minutes or less.

    Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Lo Mein
    Brussels Sprouts and Shiitake Lo Mein
    For a more surprising lo mein, use brussels sprouts instead of the typical bok choy or cabbage.
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    Chili Shrimp
    Chili Shrimp
    Here, instead of deep-frying the shrimp, we've added puffed rice (less fat, but still crunchy). Need to feed more people? You can stretch this dish by adding any Asian-style slaw.
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    Chinese Long Beans with XO Sauce
    Chinese Long Beans with XO Sauce
    Cut the long beans for easy serving, or keep them whole to symbolize longevity.
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    New York Steak with Clamshell Mushrooms
    New York Steak with Clamshell Mushrooms
    Long, slender clamshell mushrooms have a great creamy texture, but if you can't find them, use small cremini or chanterelles.
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    Shanghai Buck Cocktail
    Shanghai Buck Cocktail
    This cocktail makes for an instant hit at a Chinese New Year celebration. Skip the rum, and you've got a good virgin option.
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    Chinese Scallops
    Chinese Scallops
    These are great little

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  • 19 Easy Party Appetizers

    Just when you need some no-hassle appetizers for game day, here are our all-time favorites.

    Quick Cheese Fondue
    Quick Cheese Fondue
    Heat oven to 500°. Put a 1/2-lb. piece of slightly oozy brie cheese in a 2- to 3-cup shallow baking dish and bake until melted, 4 to 5 minutes.Grind black pepper on top. Set dish on a heatproof surface and serve with toasted baguette slices, walnut bread, or sliced apples and pears.

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  • 7 Easy Soup Recipes

    Cook up comfort in a bowl in 30 minutes or less.

    Roasted Red Pepper Soup
    Roasted Red Pepper Soup
    This soup is always a winner. If you're really in a rush, you can use jarred roasted red peppers; just drain and rinse them well before adding.
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  • 17 Best Flowers for Winter Color

    Brighten gray, drizzly days with these lovely cool-season flowers.

    Calendula
    Calendula (Calendula officinalis)
    Daisy-like calendula provides easy color from late fall through spring in mild-winter climates, and are long lasting in a vase. Choose classic orange and bright yellow, or opt for subtler shades of apricot, cream, and soft yellow.
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    Cyclamen
    Cyclamen
    Few blooms say winter like cyclamen. Pretty flowers in shades of white, pink, rose, and red are carried atop an attractive clump of leaves. Flowers resemble shooting stars or butterflies. Large-flowered florists' cyclamen (pictured) is most often seen as a container-grown gift plant though they also make great bedding plants.
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    English daisy
    English daisy (Bellis perennis)
    Plump, perky English daises make great edging plants. Or slip a few into your lawn for unexpected bursts of color.
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    Hellebores
    Hellebores
    Plant hellebores for distinctive flowers in winter and spring. Flowers are usually shaped like cups or bells, either outward

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  • Super-Tasty Rib Recipes for Game Day

    Sweet, spicy, tangy baby back ribs are the perfect game day food. Choose from 5 lip-smacking recipes, plus the perfect rib-fest side dishes and dessert.

    Baby Back Ribs 3 Ways
    Baby Back Ribs 3 Ways
    Pick a glaze--or do all 3: sweet-spicy Sticky Brown Sugar Glaze (left), MiddleEastern-flavored Zaatar Glaze (middle), and the tart, spicy, and aromatic Basil Chile Lemonade Glaze (right).
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  • Top 10 Life-List Adventures

    Make this the year you check one of these iconic experiences off your bucket list.

    Raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
    Raft the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
    The raft floats beneath towering rock walls apparently colored using the largest box of crayons in the universe: all ochres and umbers and corals. You trail your arm in the cool river, and the water is heaven-literally, you are sure this is what heaven feels like. The current speeds up and your guide shouts, "Hold on!" because you're approaching one of the rapids that would make the World River Rapids Hall of Fame if there were such a thing.
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    Hike hut to hut in Yosemite
    Hike hut to hut in Yosemite
    Two days into the six-day, nearly 50-mile High Sierra Camps loop, you feel like you're free-floating. You're roaming the granite bowls of Yosemite National Park's backcountry, surrounded by only wind and sky and the occasional marmot. At night, there's a hearty family-style dinner and a real bed in a tent cabin.
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    Ride the Continental Divide
    Ride the Continental Divide
    Stand on the

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  • 16 Beat-the-Clock Stews

    Get slow-cooked flavors in 45 minutes or less with these hearty and healthy winter recipes.

    White Wine Coq Au Vin
    White Wine Coq Au Vin
    Think of this as a fresher, green herb-laced version of the French classic. Serve with a crusty baguette for dunking.
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  • 30 Great Super Bowl Party Recipes

    No matter where your team loyalties lie, these recipes are sure to get your fellow football fans cheering.

    Gabriel's Guacamole
    Gabriel's Guacamole
    This is the base recipe from Gabriel's in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is intended only as a jumping-off point: Add more seasonings to your taste. We preferred it with 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño, 4 teaspoons onion, and 4 teaspoons lime juice.
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    Greek Spinach Dip
    Greek Spinach Dip
    This savory spinach dip takes its flavor cues from spanakopita. Serve it with warm pita bread or crisp crudités.
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    Poblano and Nopales Chimichangas
    Poblano and Nopales Chimichangas
    Who needs the deep fryer when you can bake a flaky crust?
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    Buttermilk Grilled Chicken
    Buttermilk Grilled Chicken
    Soak chicken in a buttermilk brine for extra moist and tender results, then add subtle Indian-inspired spices for a go-anywhere feast that's miles from boring.
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    Grilled Beer-Cooked Sausages
    Grilled Beer-Cooked Sausages
    Simmering these sausages in beer first makes for quick grilling and helps feed tailgate guests fast. We love these smeared

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  • 31 Ways to Be Adventurous This Month

    Go beyond the same-old, same-old New Year's resolutions. Get inspired to step outside your comfort zone and try something new this month.

    Check an item off your bucket list
    Check an item off your bucket list
    Make this the year you check one of these iconic Western adventures off your bucket list, from kayaking Washington's San Juan Islands to bike-riding Colorado's Continental Divide.
    > Related: Top 10 life-list adventures

    Grow fruits
    Grow fruits
    Don't forget dessert! The cold weather is the perfect time to get a jump-start on growing these fruits so you can incorporate them into all kinds of homemade confections.
    > Related: The best fruits to plant in cold weather

    Reinvent your commute
    Reinvent your commute
    Make the most of your weekdays by ditching the car and hopping on a bike--a hydro-bike, that is.
    > Related: How to reboot your commute

    Rock a bold, new color scheme
    Rock a bold, new color scheme
    Want to add a burst of color to your home without going overboard? The secret to lively (yet livable) rooms: Team a bold paint with robust neutrals.
    > Related: 5 tastefully bright

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